Aston Villa don't want me to go - Vlaar

The Netherlands international's World Cup exploits have seen him linked with the likes of Tottenham and Southampton
Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar says that the club "absolutely don't want to let me go" as speculation continues to link him with an exit.

The centre-back won many admirers for his performances as Netherlands claimed third place at the World Cup this summer and Tottenham, Roma, Southampton and QPR have all been credited with interest.

Vlaar, however, insists that he has paid no attention to football since returning from Brazil and has done nothing other than "jumping with my children on the trampoline".

"At the moment I am having a holiday and visiting my parents," the Villa star told Helden. "I am enjoying my time with family and my two sons.

"On Saturday Aston Villa will play against and in Groningen. I have made an agreement to report to them over there. I will attend the game in the stadium but I won't play - I haven't done anything in the previous weeks expect jumping with my children on the trampoline.

"I still have one year left [on my contract] and I understand Aston Villa absolutely don't want to let me go.

"In the last few weeks, I haven't even thought about a possible transfer. The only thing I did was enjoy my holiday and I didn't think about football. Soon I will meet my agent and discuss the various options."